With only three weeks left in his three year contract, Sam Bell is getting anxious to finally return to Earth. He is the only occupant of a Moon-based manufacturing facility along with his computer and assistant, GERTY. The long period of time alone however has resulted in him talking to himself for the most part, or to his plants. Direct communication with Earth is not possible due to a long-standing communication malfunction but he does get an occasional message from his wife Tess. When he has an accident however, he wakens to find that he is not alone. He also comes to realize that his world is not what he thought it was.
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Marooned on the dark side of the moon, Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) starts seeing things - himself. When he crashes his lunar rover on a mission, he awakens to find his sealed outpost repopulated with another version of himself. Director Duncan Jones was obviously highly influenced by the classic 2001. Sam Rockwell doesn't fail to amuse in this quirky tale, the whole movie is centered on him I think he's a very underated actor who shines quite brightly in this dark film. The movie taps on issues dealing with the nature of human experience, isolation & coping with technology in the near future. An interesting story worth viewing for an hour & a half.
By ROBERT WALDMAN
First time directors can be hit or miss practitioners. Talent sure runs in Duncan JonesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s family. Son of legendary rock superstar David Bowie young Mr. Jones makes an impressive debut in Moon, a space fantasy from Cinearts now opening up new vistas at TInseltown (on Pender, free parking). Not to be confused with the rousing action packed Star Trek this low budget film really becomes a case study of effects on living far afield.
Way up in the stratosphere lives Sam Bell. Married to a woman back home Sam is an astronaut extraordinaire. For three years he has been living alone in a space station and longs for home. Working for a big corporation involved in space exploration does have its advantage but something is amiss for Sam.
Only a computer with life-like abilities helps Sam pass the time, along with video messages from earth. Gerty seems to know everything and offers Sam all the help he needs. Something, however is amiss as Sam learns first hand when strange occurrences begin to cloud his mind. Whether audiences get confused by the introduction of some new characters in Moon makes this movie all the more tough to comprehend.
Sam Rockwell stars as Sam and does a good job exploring his own passions. Strengths and weaknesses abound in this man who seems tormented. New characters complicate the story which does a good job showing how easy it is for a human to get bowled over by work. I found Moon to be quite slow in developing and a bit burdensome when new characters appear that somehow affect MoonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s outlook on life.
Shots inside the space capsule are ably handled and newcomer Jones definitely has a future as a director. Because of the bland nature of the subject matter some of RockwellÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s great performance(s) may get drowned out by the somber tone. Veteran voice Kevin Spacey (21) charms his way into your psyche as Gerty. Shades of Hal from trendsetting 2001 A Space Odyssey are obviously in evidence here. You canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really tell if Gerty is a good guy/thing or corrupted which also could have been better developed. Going through the motions comes to mind in their interplay which comes across as being stilted and not that engaging.
If youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re a space junkee and like insights into outer worlds you may find Moon a smart revelation. By all means go see this film for Sam RockwellÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s gutsy portrayal if you like this actor.
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